Daisy Khan (1958- )
to Women of Vision
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American
Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York based non-profit
dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural
and religious harmony and building bridges between Muslims and
the general public. At ASMA, Khan has created a number of groundbreaking
intra and inter-faith programs.
Khan has consistently redrawn her career in times
of need within the Muslim community. For example, in the aftermath
of September 11th, she generated counter-momentum to challenge an
environment of suspicion, alienation and frustration. To strengthen
the voices of women and youth within the global Muslim community,
Khan has created two cutting-edge programs of international scope.
In 2004, she launched the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) program
to cultivate and amplify a global network of young Muslim leaders
committed to improving their respective communities. In response
to the continued marginalization of women in Muslim communities,
Khan established the Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and
Equity (WISE), successfully launched in 2006. WISE represents a global
network of Muslim women leaders dedicated to affecting positive and
sustainable change in their communities.
Born in Kashmir, Khan spent twenty-five years as an interior architect
for various Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, she dedicated herself
to full-time community service and building movements for positive
change, both in the United States and around the globe. In recognition
of this important work, Khan is the recipient of numerous awards,
including the Interfaith Center’s Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith
Understanding, Auburn Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award, the Annual
Faith Leaders Award, and she was selected one of the 21 Leaders for
the 21st Century.